Thursday, June 6, 2013

HAUL: International Giveaway Winnings, Swaps, and Snail Mail

Since I've moved to school at the beginning of May, it seems like all the mail I've been expecting likes to arrive when I'm not home. This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit home (about an hour and a half away by bus) and pick everything up. In addition, I've been slacking on writing about my giveaway winnings and thanking all the lovely bloggers who hosted them. 


I won Sammi of MaterialGurl88's Birthday Giveaway back in April. Sammi is an absolute sweetheart and despite a ton of issues with shipping nail polishes, the package got to Canada safe and sound. I got the International Prize Pack, a bunch of Australian goodies. I received Saavy Nourishing Lip Liners in Rose and Brick, Chi Chi Nudes Palette (Urban Decay Naked Palette Dupe), Ulta3 Lipsticks in Coral Reef and Harem Pink (Matte), Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss in Polka, and Australis Mint Conditioning Lip Gloss. Along with these, she sent me a ton of packet samples including a Lioele Triple the Solution BB Cream which I really, really enjoyed. 


Tean had a small international giveaway and unfortunately I'm not sure why I can't find her blog. She sent these Lush goodies all the way from the UK. Pictured is Lush Vanilla Body Lotion in Dee-Lite, Massage Bar in Shimmy Shimmy, and something star-shaped I don't know the name of... :( (LET ME KNOW IF YOU DO!). Anyways, I also did a swap with Tean and she sent the two together (see below), so the entire package was sooo yummy when I opened it! 


Natalie of Cooking Quidnunc is one of the few food blogs I follow. Around March/April, she hosted a Torie and Howard candy giveaway. These little organic candies come in pretty metal tins. The tins looked full when I took the photo but I've pretty much cleared them out. Omnomnomnom. The flavours are Blood Orange/Honey, Pear/Cinnamon, Pink Grapefruit/Honey, Pomegranate/Nectarine...all delicious! 


As mentioned above, I did a little swap with Tean Mauricette and requested all the luxuries that you UK bloggers have that I can't get my hands on as a Canadian. As per my wish list, there's Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium, Rimmel Apocalips in Nova, and Natural Collection Blusher in Peach Melba. Also, she threw in four of 17 mini lip glosses and a Soap and Glory Hand Food. 


She also threw in a few other goodies including packet samples and jewellery. I was happy to see a foreign snack. Revels are something I have yet to try. :) 


All of these are not half as interesting as some of the international products I received. The remainder of my mail is Revlon Selects Revlon Lash Potion Mascara, Cosmetics Mag NYC Big Bold Plumping Lip Gloss and Big Bold Curl Mascara, Neutrogena Birthday Gift Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser and Beach Defense Sunscreen, Sample Source Vidal Sassoon Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. 

All in all, I'm glad to have gone home for a weekend. There was so much stuff I needed to pick up and now there's so many things that I'm looking forward to trying. I've decided to use my school address so that I receive things faster. :) Again, thank you Sammi, Tean, Natalie, Torie and Howard, Revlon, Cosmetics Mag, Neutrogena and Sample Source...for keeping my mailbox full and giving me the opportunity to try all these wonderful things! ... I'll probably have my own BEAUTY giveaway sometime soon. So... stay tuned! ;) 

Want me to review something that's pictured here? Feel free to request it down below! Have you won any giveaways lately? 


**I received ALL of these products for free thanks to many kind individuals and I was in no way compensated to post about any of these goodies.**


53 comments:

  1. omg So much cool stuff! :D

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  2. Gee! I must say you're a verrry lucky girl Steph ;)
    xx
    TiTi's Corner!

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  3. I recently won Amy from The Little Koala's Custom Header Giveaway! :) My new header and navigation bar just went up today! :D Oooh I really want to try Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer too!

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    1. it looks great! and the collection concealer... has quickly become a necessity for me!

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  4. You got so much stuff!
    Congrats on the winnings
    http://www.betzysmakeup.com/

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  5. Wow! You got a lot of great stuff! What was the issue with the polish from Australia? I've sent Christine a parcel that contained polish and it has gone AWOL :( xx

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    1. yeah... polish shipping issues... I had it for both UK and Australia :(

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  6. Well done for winning! ^__^

    mirukuseki.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. You got a ton of goodies!! Congrats! The pomegranate/nectarine candies sound delish, I totally wish I had some right now.
    Have a great day!
    Danielle
    http://kalamityjanekosmetics.blogspot.com

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    1. :) they are absolutely delicious!

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  8. Congrats on your winnings! You got a lot of really cool stuff. Would love to see swatches of the lip products and mascaras. They look good!

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    1. Yeah! Will definitely do some swatches and whatnot (:

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  9. wow great winnings! hope you enjoy all the goodies, esp the aussie makeup! the ulta3 lipsticks are super moisturising (esp the matte ones). have fun playing with them :D

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    1. I'm so excited to play with EVERYTHING!

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    1. #1 reason why I wanted to do a UK swap. Apparently they're in the states under another name though :0

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  11. Congrats. You got so many nice goodies! I've had no luck with any of the giveaways I've entered. I'd love to see swatches and reviews on the lippies.

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    1. thanks pang! will do lots of swatches for you :D

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  12. How do you win so many giveaways!! teach me your ways lol.
    And I had no clue the cosmetics mag thing was real.. I thought it was spam :( lol

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    1. LOL.. i just... enter a lot. I think it's easier if it's a smaller blog too. and Yeah! cosmetics mag... Not sure if i'm actually supposed to be signed up but they send out a bunch of new products. I got full sized shisedo cream shadow, a sample perfume, nanoblur... It's great! :D

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  13. That pink star from lush you received is called angel's delight, It is a limited edition soap for Christmas time which is a shame because it smells so lovely (I'm still savoring the one I got this past Christmas!)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know! Maybe they'll have it this year too :P

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  14. wow so many new products to try!! congrats on all the giveaway wins. :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm soo looking forward to swatching everything

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  15. Well done on winning the giveaway :) Lots of lovely products!

    Sophierosehearts x

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  16. Congrats on your wins! May I ask, what is the 'cosmetic mag' thing?

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    1. Not actually sure :P... It's a Canadian website/magazine that sends out cosmetics samples to people in the industry... I think??

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  17. Congrats! Lovely goodies you got :)

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  18. Wow those Australian items look amazing! I'm curious to find out what that star thing is too lol. I won a sponsered giveaway on a blog a month ago but am starting to think it's a scam as I've yet to hear anything back :(

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    1. the Australian products ARE amazing! i think I won another giveaway before and the person asked for my address but never replied after. :\ Hopefully it's not a scam and the shipping is just bad!

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  19. Ooooh that palette looks like a great dupe of Naked 1! You must do a review on it! :D
    Lynn | Makeup With Tea

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  20. lots and lots of goodies. What do you think of the Collection 2000 concealer? Heard so much great things about it that I had to order from ebay and give it a try.

    Check out my international giveaway

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    1. ITS AMAZING... especially for drugstore. I'm impressed!

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  21. Ooh that Naked dupe looks awesome! You should swatch it when you get a chance!

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    1. yesyesyesyesyes.. post coming soon!

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  22. awesome haul :D you're so lucky to win the giveaways! how do you like the lush stuff?

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    1. the scents are really strong! I haven't quite tried anything yet :P

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  23. Wow! You are a really lucky girl indeed! I love LUSH products, what do you think about them?

    MyMakeUpCompulsion

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  24. You are so lucky, winning so many giveaway. I love Rimmel Apocalips in Nova and Collection concealer.

    Kah-Feh Yen

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  25. you are one lucky girl! I never won anything :(

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